Being a mum or dad on a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is incredibly tough. Instead of cribs and mobiles there are wires and machines. Instead of introducing a new baby to joyful friends and family, there are hours of sitting, helpless and anxious beside an incubator.

Since launching our appeal to raise £1 million for the NICU at the University Hospital of Wales two years ago, we’ve been privileged to work with many of these new parents. Each family’s story is unique but there are two things that run through them all.  The first is how overwhelming, frightening and heart-breaking the neonatal journey can be for parents. The second is how highly they value the medical professionals who care for their babies and help them through very challenging times.

By supporting the last phase of our Tiny Lives Appeal this Christmas, you will be helping to fund a vital emotional support service for parents going through the hardest experience of their lives. You’ll also be funding life saving equipment to give premature and critically ill babies the best possible chance. The service will also provide support to those nurses and doctors who give their all in caring for their tiny patients.

 

Please donate to the Noah’s Ark Charity Tiny Lives Appeal this Christmas and help us show NICU mums and dads that we are thinking of them..

 

Baby Theo was born when his mum, Hayley, was just 26 weeks pregnant.  He spent the first 100 days of his life on the neonatal intensive care unit where his parents came close to losing him several times.  Their story below explains why they feel they owe so much to neonatal care and why they are supporting the Tiny Lives Appeal.

"The thought of him feeling pain and discomfort and being apart from us was awful.”

Theo's story